UCI News

National Geographic, Oct. 9, 2015
These 14 sleek solar homes do more than produce power
“It’s become increasingly competitive,” says Alex McDonald, a graduate student in mechanical engineering at the University of California, Irvine. He says the Orange County team’s house, which mimics California’s state flower − the golden poppy − by opening to the sun during the day and closing at night − is quite ambitious.

Daily Pilot, Oct. 7, 2015
Team OC hopes its energy-efficient home takes the Solar Decathlon prize
Delving into the competitive world of innovative energy-efficiency, four Orange County schools are getting their first chance to shine at the bi-annual national Solar Decathlon hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy. … It is the first time for Team Orange County, made up of students from UC Irvine, Irvine Valley College, Chapman University in Orange and Saddleback College in Mission Viejo.

Orange County Register, Oct. 8, 2015
Can a house charge an electric car? At Solar Decathlon it can, with rooftop solar power
Among the competitors this year is the first from Orange County since the Solar Decathlon began. Team Orange, as it’s called, consists of a core group of 20 students from UC Irvine, Chapman University, Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College, all of whom have collaborated with another 100 students on the home they call Casa Del Sol, or House of the Sun.

The Atlantic, Oct. 9, 2015
Would you pull the trolley switch? Does it matter?
The University of California, Irvine, psychologist Christopher Bauman and his colleagues … have noted that trolley-problem scenarios frequently cause study participants to laugh, meaning they aren’t taking the experiment seriously − possibly because the scenarios don’t mirror believable, real-life moral dilemmas.

Los Angeles Times, Oct. 9, 2015
A love story born of war: Playwright’s parents inspired ‘Vietgone’
Thuy Vo Dang, archivist for the Southeast Asian Archive and Regional History at UC Irvine, was one of the staff members who connected Nguyen with the collection of photos at the center. … UC Irvine Libraries established the Southeast Asian Archive in 1987 to document the experiences of these newcomers and make its books, periodicals, recordings, photographs and other material accessible to all generations.